Kurt Nahar participates in ‘Eleven Voices’, Deering Estate, Miami

October 22, 2016 at 4:59 pm (Elsewhere, Exposed) (, , , , )

What: Eleven Voices, curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace of DVCAI (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) (on Facebook) and Kim Yantis (The Deering Estate). Exhibited South African artists include: Nicholas Hlobo, Anton Kannemeyer, Anja Marais, Judith Mason, Claudette Schreuders, and Rowan Smith. Featured local and international artists include: Gerard Caliste, Rondell Crier, Deming King Harriman, Aaron Hill, Carol Jaime, Barry Ledoux, Groana Melendez, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Kurt Nahar, Jose Pacheco Silva, Rontherin Ratliff, Antonious Roberts, and Duhirwe Rushameza.

When: October 8 through November 26,

Where: The Deering Estate, Miami, USA


Eleven Voices is an exhibit that aims to incite a conversation about cultural struggle, memory and identity among contemporary artists. Co-curators Rosie Gordon-Wallace (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) and Kim Yantis (The Deering Estate) select works that reflect thematic inspirations from South African art and culture.

Eleven Voices features the works of emerging and renowned South African and international artists, many of which are on special loan from the collections of Diaspora Vibe (DVCAI), the Petra Mason Collection of South African Art, and Kathryn and Dan Mikesell of the Fountainhead Residency and are on view in Miami for the first time.

Exhibited South African artists include: Nicholas Hlobo, Anton Kannemeyer, Anja Marais, Judith Mason, Claudette Schreuders, and Rowan Smith. Featured local and international artists include: Gerard Caliste, Rondell Crier, Deming King Harriman, Aaron Hill, Carol Jaime, Barry Ledoux, Groana Melendez, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Kurt Nahar, Jose Pacheco Silva, Rontherin Ratliff, Antonious Roberts, and Duhirwe Rushameza.


Installed in the Stone House Wine Cellar, “Rituals of Commemoration” by Rosa Naday Garmendia ties into the ‘Eleven Voices’ exhibit theme of cultural struggle, memory and identity by paying tribute to victims of violence from 1972 through the present. Like acclaimed South African photographer Zanele Muholi, Rosa Naday Garmendia considers herself a visual activist with intent to unify a grief-stricken community. “I seek to engage a diverse audience, by highlighting and creating a safe space for the viewer to explore, wonder, be provoked, interpret, or find purpose and meaning in the issues our nation faces.” Rosa Naday Garmendia is a Cuban-American, Miami-based multidisciplinary artist exhibiting with Diaspora Vibe Gallery. Her work was recently featured in the exhibition Intersectionality at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami.



Claudette Schreuders is a South African sculptor whose carved and painted wooden figures reflect the search for an ‘African’ identity in the post-apartheid era. Her sculpture is rooted in both Africa and Europe and she derives her inspiration from traditional Blolo and Colon figures of West Africa, medieval church sculpture, Spanish portraiture, and Egyptian woodcarving. Three lithographs on display in the Stone House second floor are on loan from the Petra Mason Collection of South African Art. Printed in a remotely located Mpumalanga, South Africa studio, Schreuders’ lithographs document her sculptures The Three Sisters. Many works in the Petra Mason Collection are available for sale during this special exhibition.

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Doro Nuyken – ‘Listen to my Colors’

October 4, 2016 at 11:13 pm (Exposed) (, , )


What: Solo exhibition Listen to my Colors (Facebook) by Doro Nuyken

When: October 6 thru 8, 2016, 19:00-22:00 hrs

Where: De Hal, Grote Combéweg 45, Paramaribo,  +597 472 808, de.hal.dagg@gmail.comFacebook

In October we can visit Doro’s fourth solo exhibition in De Hal. Among her new work, we can also see paintings from earlier years. This exhibition will include ‘the life behind the art’ and will present a remarkable new dimension in experiencing art.

“Art is always alive.”


‘get together 2’, 120x72cm, acrylic on canvas, 2012 / PHOTO Courtesy artist


‘no title, 70x60cm, mixed media on canvas, 2016 / PHOTO Courtesy artist


‘streams of color or mystical blue’, 100x100cm, mixed media on canvas, 2014 (sold) / PHOTO Courtesy artist


‘vivus volare 2’, 90x90cm, mixed media on canvas, 2016 / PHOTO Courtesy artist

Doro Nuyken, born 1970 in Germany, moved to Suriname in 2007. Until then Doro lived for a few years in Saudi Arabia, where she took up painting again. Ever since she was a child, Doro loved to draw en paint. After starting with figurative painting she gradually moved to abstract painting. Doro is born in a creative family; both granddads were professional musicians and her mother used to draw really well.
Her first impression of Suriname was full of surprises. Coming from the polished and luxurious Saudi Arabia, Doro experienced the overwhelming nature and the sometimes raw, authentic urbanization in the urban arias. Though not capable of speaking Dutch, Doro was so pleased by the warm welcome of the Surinamese people, who were putting all the efforts of helping her out to navigate through her new environment.
Doro is an autodidact ‘pur sang’. She kept experimenting with her painting, but her work really accelerated after taking a workshop in 2011 with Christiane Middendorf. Very inspired and with growing self-confidence, Doro started to experiment with different techniques and styles. It lead to her first exhibition on the ‘Kunst- en Kijkroute’, organized by ‘Stichting Kokriki’. From that moment on, Doro participated in exhibition 2 to 3 times a year.
Almost everything can inspire Doro. Whether profound happenings in her life or in society, to seemingly very insignificant details in nature. Also little memories of youth, a smell, sound or image can inspire her. While painting Doro gets to a somewhat ‘Zen’-like state that separates her from time, place and even sometimes herself. Doro’s work is identified by different styles and techniques, but throughout her work her unique signature is recognizable. Her favorite material is pure paint and a wide variety of pigments. They can be applied in a beautiful and divers way and thus give a special feeling and effect. Beside the paint and pigments, Doro likes to experiment with raw materials, like concrete, structure paste and ink.
In October we can visit Doro’s fourth solo exhibition in De Hal. Among her new work, we can also see paintings from earlier years. This exhibition will include ‘the life behind the art’ and will present a remarkable new dimension in experiencing art. This of course will not be revealed until the 6th of October.

“Art is always alive.”


Previous exhibitions

August 2011, Kunst- en Kijkroute, Paramaribo, Suriname

April 2012, first solo exhibition at Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Suriname

November 2012, National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname

March 2013, solo exhibition at Shewa Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname

August 2013, Carifesta/National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname

May 2014, solo exhibition at De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname

July 2014, participating in Fiesta del Fuego, Santiago, Cuba, with other artists from Suriname

November 2014, National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname

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Thursday-Night-Feature: Dhiradj Ramsamoedj talks about AiR in Paris, France

October 4, 2016 at 1:21 pm (Coming up, Meanwhile ..., Thursday Night Feature) (, , , , , , , )

tnf-d-1What: Thursday-Night-Feature, presentation by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj about his artist’s residency in Paris, France (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday October 06, 2016, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs)
Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname



The October Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) at Readytex Art Gallery is right around the corner. Just like the previous editions of the TNF, the public has yet another interesting presentation to look forward to this time around. On this Thursday October 6th, visual artist Dhiradj Ramsamoedj will share with guests present at the gallery, all that he has done and experienced during his recent artist-in-residence (AiR) period at Cité internationale des arts (also on Facebook) in Paris, France. This extraordinary opportunity that was awarded to Ramsamoedj was made possible by the Cité internationale des arts residency, the Embassy of France and L’Alliance française in Suriname, ‘DAC de Guyane’ in French Guyana and the local support of Readytex Art Gallery. On this AiR period Ramsamoedj was able to spend three eventful and artistic months in Paris, France. In his studio he created, as specified in his project proposal, a large Anansi spider based on the textile-technique of his well-known ‘flexible man’ figures. In Paris he presented his version of the mythical eight-legged figure from Suriname’s and French Guyana’s shared African heritage, as a symbolic ambassador for cultural unity. What was also immensely gratifying to notice from his frequent messages and photo reports was how intensely the artist was enjoying and experiencing the city of Paris. The experience turned out to be much more than just a residency. It became an adventure. It also became a meaningful introduction to a city and a culture. For all the details of his Cité internationale des arts (also on Facebook) residency and his Paris-experience you simply must be present at the TNF on this Thursday October 6th to hear it all from the artist himself. With the help of photographs, videos and the Anansi spider that he created in his Paris studio, Ramsamoedj will take you back to the countless special moments he experienced in Paris. In order to give a bit of a Parisian flair to this evening, we would like to suggest that all visitors add something to their outfits that is representative of Paris or France. Please note however, this is not a requirement, just a fun suggestion. So please join us for this upcoming TNF with Dhiradj Ramsamoedj on Thursday October 6th. Readytex Art Gallery will be open on this evening from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm, and the presentation of Dhiradj Ramsamoedj will start at 7:30 pm.


Photo Album on Facebook.


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‘A Reflex’, exhibition by Roosje Verschoor & Isidoor Wens

September 27, 2016 at 8:38 pm (Coming up, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , , , , )

What: A Reflex (Facebook), art from Botopasi by Roosje Verschoor and Isidoor Wens. An exhibition about the beauty of plastic and the charm of clay
When: September 28 thru 30, 2016
Where: Stichting Surinaams Museum, Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/1701634583486028/


Both artists have spent seven weeks at Art Center Botopasi (ARTCEB), in the interior of Suriname. They were two completely opposite ideas in progress, which followed each other like a response. The result can be seen in Botopasi, Paramaribo, Den Bosch and Amsterdam.

Roosje was inspired by what she saw in the community and explored the aesthetics of it. Her work comments on the large number of brightly colored plastic that she saw every day on the river, in the kitchens and on the heads of the women of Botopasi. She became fascinated by the amount of color and variety. She has tried to research the status and beauty of the plastic stuff. By examining the different possibilities of plastic she got the opportunity to show similarities between the two very different worlds of Amsterdam Botopasi.

Isidoor, who is immensely annoyed by all that plastic, tries to think back, to the time that his grandmother made clay plates. In protest he does not eat or drink from plastic plates or cups. He collected different kinds of clay and made sculptures. His images are inspired by the female torso, a form that has played a major role in his work throughout his career. This form, as well as the medium itself: clay, emphasizes the naturalness. The female form represents Mother Earth, but is also a symbol of fertility.

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‘Unland’ in CBK Zuidoost until October 22

September 27, 2016 at 5:31 pm (Elsewhere, Meanwhile ...) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

fbf07398-eb9f-4a86-9b20-bd91cbc19fd0What: Unland (also on Facebook), a group exhibition with Simone Bennett, Quinsy Gario, Inti Hernandez, Robbert van der Horst, Nour Eddine Jarram, Jane Jin Kaisen, Vladimir Tomic & Ana Pavlovic. Curator: Sasha Dees

When: September 8-October 22, 2016. Tue-Sat: 10:00-17:00 hrs, Thu: 10:00-20:00 hrs

Where: CBK Zuidoost (also on Facebook), Anton de Komplein 120, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


14358880_1380169555344438_5711022968769219722_n14364793_1380169218677805_359779261412639539_nUnland (also on Facebook)is the third exhibition by guest curator Sasha Dees in CBK Zuidoost. Its inspiration is her personal wonder about the (in)ability of society to reflect and evolve. How do we relate to each other while we move around the globe for different (un)compelling reasons: curiosity, economic gain, calamities, religion, war, leisure, knowledge, personal gain, etc? How sustainable, diserable and tenable is homogeneity autonomy and austerity? These are topics of ongoing discussion in the Netherlands in politics, media, on stages and in living rooms. Will we be able to look beyond our own shadow, to pursue a constructive dialogue. In Unland we see artists who continue to encourage dialogue.

With: Inti Hernandez , Jane Jin Kaisen, Nour Eddine Jarram, Quinsy Gario, Robbert van der Horst, Simone Bennett, Vladimir Tomic & Ana Pavlovic, Curator: Sasha Dees. Thanks to: Doris Salcedo, Michelle Eistrup, The Danish Arts Foundation and Galerie Ron Mandos.

Unland is dedicated to Phillips Edugivis Hernandez (30-03-1954 / 09-08-2016).

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Tembe Tori, August 2016, number 13 has arrived

August 17, 2016 at 10:34 pm (Interesting reads, What's up?, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , , , , )

A new issue of newsletter Tembe Tori is out! Number 13 has an udate about the artists-in-residence in Moengo, and looks at the upcoming Moengo Festival, September 23, 24 & 25, 2016! Download your pdf here: Tembe_Tori, August 2015, number 13.


What: Moengo Festival 2016 ‘Poku fu kenki II’

When: September 23, 24 & 25, 2016

Where: Moengo, Marowijne, Suriname


In April 2012 the first edition of Tembe Tori was published. One page, printed with black ink on both sides, with news about former mining town Moengo. During a few months Tembe Tori was distributed regularly in the Moengo community and in Paramaribo. A good way to reach the people in Moengo, a small town in the Marowijne district in Suriname, where artist Marcel Pinas has established the Kibii Foundation, the Tembe Art Studio, the Contemporary Art Museum Moengo and the Marowijne Art Park. Although Tembe Tori served its purpose well, the 9th edition just never came … Until June 2015.

Tembe Tori, number 9 is now a fact. And starting with this edition, the newsletter has four pages and is printed in full color. In addition, Tembe Tori is currently also available digitally so people anywhere in the world can read up on what’s happening in Moengo. Available in Dutch only, Tembe Tori will be published monthly until at least September when the Moengo Festival will be held for the 3d time.

Distribution points:

Tori Oso (Facebook), Frederik Derbystraat 76, Paramaribo // Zus & Zo (Facebook), Grote Combéweg 13a, Paramaribo // Readytex Art Gallery (Facebook), Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo // Moengo Festival-kantoor (PAS-gebouw) (Facebook), Verlengde Keizerstraat 92, Paramaribo // Tembe Art Studio, Moengo
Back issues:

Tembe Tori, November 9, 2012, number 6

Tembe Tori, June 2015, number 9

Tembe Tori, July 2015, number 10

Tembe Tori, August 2015, number 11

Tembe_Tori, September 2015, number_12

Tembe_Tori, August 2015, number 13

Tembe_Tori_13_print 1 - Copy

Tembe_Tori_13_print 2 - Copy

Tembe_Tori_13_print 3 - Copy

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‘Manumission and more’: paintings by Ken Doorson

August 14, 2016 at 10:37 am (Coming up, Elsewhere) (, , , )

What:’Manumission and more’: paintings by Ken Doorson (on Facebook)

When: August 25-31, 2016. Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10:00-18.00 uur / zat & zon 11.00 – 18.00 uur

Where: Galerie 23 on Facebook), KNSM-laan 307-309, 1019 LE Amsterdam, the Netherlands, tel. +31 (0)20 620 13 21


The paintings by Ken Doorson (Moengo, 1978) are special, particularly because of their historical value. During archival research Doorson stumbled upon manumission letters: the official documents of the release or redemption of slaves. Doorson used these letters by attaching them to a portrait of an imaginary person.

You are welcome to join the flash presentation of the work of Ken Doorson. On Thursday, August 25th at Galerie 23 from 17:30 to 19:30 hrs an informal meeting with the artist takes place.


Previously on the Sranan Art-blog: Colored emotions, new work by Ken Doorson.

A Dutch article about the exhibition in Afro Magazine, ‘Ken Doorson brengt zijn kleurspektakel naar Amsterdam’ by Marion Poll can be found here.

A YouTube-vdeo about Ken Doorson can be found here.


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Thursday-Night-Feature: presentation ‘Rebels in Surinamese Art’

August 2, 2016 at 10:17 pm (Coming up, Meanwhile ..., Thursday Night Feature, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, presentation by Chandra van Binnendijk & Marieke Visser about ‘Rebels in Surinamese Art’ (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday August 04, 2016, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs)
Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname


Kurt Nahar

At Readytex Art Gallery every start of a new month, means that it is time for yet another Thursday-Night-Feature. So indeed, on Thursday the 4th of August the gallery once again opens her doors between 7:00 and 9:00 pm, for a special presentation about art. In this Thursday-Night-Feature Chandra van Binnendijk and Marieke Visser present the results of their search for rebels in Surinamese art.

The writers argue that Suriname does not have an artistic climate in which stimulating debates take place. Nor is there a lively forum for dynamic views and criticisms. Still the visual arts here are not in the least a lethargic affair. In their presentation Van Binnendijk and Visser illustrate that there is indeed art created that does not easily fit into the standard models for contemporary art. Art made by artists who go against the grain of what the establishment considers acceptable.

This Thursday-Night-Feature will discuss artists who have ventured beyond the ‘the main stream’. On this evening the writers pay tribute to the rebels. Especially for the presentation the first floor of the gallery will display works fitting of the theme, selected by Chandra and Marieke, and the staff of Readytex Art Gallery.

 A richly illustrated article on this subject has been published, in English, on the international art website Africanah.org, Arena for Contemporary African, African-American and Caribbean Art: http://africanah.org/looking-for-rebels-in-surinamese-art/. A Dutch version of the article has appeared in de Ware Tijd, July 30 2016, in the section ‘Mens & Maatschappij’.

Those who wish to hear, see and talk more about this subject are welcome on this Thursday, the 4th of August, at the Thursday-Night-Feature of Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the presentation (with slide-show) of Chandra van Binnendijk & Marieke Visser: ‘Looking for rebels in Surinamese art’, starts at 7:30 pm.

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Surinamese artists in ‘ONE BARE FOOT SQUARE’, Amsterdam

July 28, 2016 at 5:59 pm (Coming up, Elsewhere) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The exhibition ONE BARE FOOT SQUARE opening in the Outsider Art Gallery in the Hermitage Amsterdam is the most recent initiative of Chutima ‘Nok’ Kerdpitak (also on Facebook) and her ‘Uncooked Culture’ art platform. This artist and curator was also the initiator of the international travelling exhibition Circus Terminal, which in collaboration with Readytex Art Gallery had its final stop in De Hal in Paramaribo, Suriname in 2014.


It is incidentally an artist initiative during that exhibition in De Hal that inspired the idea for ONE BARE FOOT SQUARE. On the opening night of Circus Terminal the artists affiliated with Readytex Art Gallery each painted a series of small canvases of 15 x 15 cm, which were pinned on a large panel, together creating the look of a colorful mosaic.

ONE BARE FOOT SQUARE is a collaborative artist-led travelling mosaic canvas. Artists create a One Foot square canvas forming a bigger piece with variable dimensions depending on the exhibition space.

ONE BARE FOOT SQUARE starts in the Netherlands with 73 international artists from 15 different countries. Participating from Suriname, are visual artists Rinaldo Klas, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, Shaundell Horton and Sancha Sullivan.

Outsiders, Neo-Outsiders & artists from all other Squares, will be contributing their creations as its Uncooked boundary-crossing recipe progresses. The mosaic canvas will project a spectrum, weaving together each individual’s life journey; reflecting on their experience, hopes, thoughts & imagination through their diverse practice, from doodles, painting, stencil to mixed media.


What: ONE BARE FOOT SQUARE (also on Facebook)

When: Opening: Saturday July 30th from 3:00 pm–5:00 pm. The exhibition is on display until August 13th 2016 and entrance is free

Where: Outsider Art Gallery in the Hermitage Amsterdam (www.amsterdam-outsider-art.nl), Neerlandiaplein 1, 1018 DR Amsterdam, the Netherlands





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Kurt Nahar artist-in-residence in New Orleans

July 7, 2016 at 12:58 pm (Headlines) (, , , , , , , , , )

It is turning out to be quite an interesting year for visual artist Kurt Nahar. On July 9th,, 2016, he leaves for the USA where he will spend three weeks at the Joan Mitchell Center (on Facebook) in New Orleans as an artist-in-residence researching and creating work about a social issue that has, in past and present, held the whole world in its throes. In New Orleans Nahar will direct his energy towards the complex and multifaceted theme of various refugee crises.

Kurt Nahar FOTO RAG

Kurt Nahar / PHOTO Ada Korbee, 2016

The residency at the Joan Mitchell Center (on Facebook) was brought to the attention of Readytex Art Gallery by their good friend and trusted collaborator in the arts, Rosie Gordon-Wallace of DVCAI (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) (on Facebook) in Miami. In recent years Rosie has travelled to Suriname with a team of US/Caribbean artists twice and she has been a fan and supporter of the work of Kurt Nahar for even longer than that. On her recommendation the team of Readytex Art Gallery set to work with partner artist Kurt Nahar, to submit an application on his behalf for participation in this residency project in New Orleans. In February 2016 we were informed that the selection committee of the Joan Mitchell Center had granted Kurt Nahar a spot in her summer residency program.


During the opening of ‘Treasure hunt’, an exhibition curated by Bart Krieger, February 4, 2016, Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname, february 4-13, 2016, an installation about the refugee crisis in Europe, by Kurt Nahar / PHOTO Ada Korbee, 2016


An installation about the refugee crisis in Europe, by Kurt Nahar / PHOTO Ada Korbee, 2016

The Joan Mitchell Center aims to be a place for creation, innovation and transformation, while supporting values of community, diversity and social equity. It will therefore undoubtedly serve as the perfect backdrop and environment for the work that Kurt plans to create during his residency. In his research Kurt Nahar will explore the various angles of the issue of forced displacement of large groups of people, focusing primarily on the victims of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the Maroons who fled their jungle villages after the war in the interior in Suriname in the 80’s, as well as the current refugee crises from the Middle East that affect so many countries around the world. He will focus especially on the aftermath, and the often-tragic consequences for all communities and individuals involved. What exactly his resulting artwork will end up being – although it is almost certain that it will be an installation made from locally found materials -, depends on that which he encounters during his research.

Nahar’s residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans runs from July 11th until August 5th, 2016. From there the artist travels to Miami where he will spend several days as a guest of DVCAI (on Facebook) where Rosie Gordon-Wallace has arranged various opportunities for him to present his work in her lively art community there.


TEXT Press release Readytex Art Gallery, 2016


Kurt Nahar / PHOTO Ada Korbee, 2016



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